Harrison struggles in loss to Huntington North

Harrison struggles in loss to Huntington North


Harrison struggles in loss to Huntington North


It was not pretty.

For the second game in a row, Harrison came out flat. On Saturday, the Raiders overcame it to defeat Westfield.

On a rare Wednesday night contest, Harrison never could muster up an offensive flow in a 64-56 loss to Huntington North at May Gymnasium.

“We got thoroughly outcoached, we got outplayed and it’s embarrassing for this point of the year that we played that way, but it is my responsibility to have us ready to go,” Harrison coach Mark Rinehart said.

It was the first North Central Conference victory for the Vikings (9-11, 1-7), who also defeated a Class 4A opponent for the first time in nine tries this season.

Harrison led 8-6 early before Konner Platt hit a pair of floaters that pushed the Vikings in front. Huntington North never trailed again, but the Raiders had plenty of chances to take the lead.

Aidan Hannon opened the second half with a 3 from the corner that tied the score at 22. It would be one of only two made 3s for Harrison out of 13 attempts. The other came from Mackie Evans in the final seconds.

The Raiders (12-8, 3-5) maintained pace with Huntington North, which will make a return trip on Friday to face McCutcheon. Benito Munoz scored early in the fourth quarter to cut the Vikings’ lead to 38-37.

It would mark the closest Harrison would be the rest of the night.

Losing shooters left Hunter Hollowell and Luke Stroud open for 3s as Huntington North built a double-figure lead before Harrison, which was doomed by 18 turnovers, tried to storm back late.

“We had said going into our last five-game stretch that it was an opportunity to get on a run like we’d been on earlier in the year,” said Rinehart, referencing a stretch where the Raiders won seven of eight games between Dec. 20 and Jan. 30. “We’ve got to find some answers.”

Isaiah Carpenter led Harrison with 22 points and six rebounds, but also turned the ball over six times. Cade Renicker scored 14 points and had four steals, while Huntington North’s Hollowell scored a game-high 23 after making 4 of 6 3s.

The silver lining is Friday’s rivalry game at Lafayette Jeff where Harrison seeks revenge for an overtime loss to the Bronchos in the J&C Hoops Classic.

“It’s a short turnaround and these guys will respond, and it starts on the practice floor (Thursday),” Rinehart said. “You can’t perform like that. It’s unacceptable.”


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